Saturday 11th December 2010
We have break in the weather at last. It thawed out for the first time in 14 days, allowing us to clean the Centre, both in the Main Display and in The Breeding Ground. This had to be done, as the cold is set to return next week.
It would appear that our breeding owls of the moment have been completely un-phased by the extreme cold, it was around minus 13 degrees at Muncaster midweek. The Ferruginous Pygmy Owls in the Breeding Ground have raised at least one owlet, as the count in their aviary is three at present. I have seen 1 owlet in with the Ashy-faced Owls in the Main Display. These may be seen on the camera on the website. The Indian Eagle Owls in the Breeding Ground should have hatched by now. I haven’t seen any owlets as yet, but when I feed them in the mornings, the male lands on the feed table, and flies up to the nest box presenting the mouse to the female. He would under normal circumstances keep this particular juicy morsel for himself. Things are looking promising, he is doing everything he should be, should their eggs have hatched. Fingers crossed.
On another subject, ITV have contacted me, and want to do a festive special update on Metro the Barn Owl. It would appear he was a big hit with the makers of the series ‘The Lakes’. They are coming to film their update on Monday the 20th of December 2010.
I will leave you with a picture of Metro as he is now. You can see what a little star he is.
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